After a 15-year-old student was charged with disorderly conduct in March for recording the sounds of school bullies tormenting him, charges against the student have been dropped.
High school sophomore Christian Stanfield decided to record the sounds of his alleged tormentors several months ago because he felt the situation was not receiving proper attention, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. However, when officials at South Fayette High School learned of the recording, they ordered that he erase the audio, gave him detention and contacted local police regarding a potential violation of wiretap laws.
After police questioned Stanfield, they charged him with disorderly conduct and fined him $25. However, the case gained national attention, and this week the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office dropped all charges against the teen, reports Pennsylvania outlet WTAE.
Stanfield said he initially recorded the bullying because the issue had been ongoing and school officials had not intervened.
“I wanted some help,” he said, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “This wasn't just a one-time thing. This always happens every day in that class.”
Shea Love, Stanfield’s mother, listened to the recording before it was deleted and said it was terrible.
"They were talking about pulling his pants down, and some things I can't repeat, and laughing and cutting up like it was a big joke, it was not a joke, not at all funny," Love said, according to CBS Pittsburgh.
Love told FoxNews that she initially wanted administrators at the school to be fired over the handling of the situation, but her son disagreed.
“What I want is for heads to roll,” said Love to FoxNews. “But he said to me, ‘Mom, it might make you feel better if people get fired, but that won’t change anything.’ He said there needs to be more compassion for people and changes to the zero-tolerance policy. I want people’s heads to roll, but my son doesn’t and I have to respect his wishes.”
Stanfield told CBS Pittsburgh that he wants to help those who have endured similar bullying.
“All those people who went through the same thing, even worse than I have,” Christian said, “I’m glad they feel that I’ve given them a voice and that’s what I want to do.”
In a statement to WTAE, the South Fayette Township School District said it "follow[s] its policies regarding harassment and bullying. School District officials treat any and all reports of bullying timely and seriously, and with the utmost care and sensitivity."